November 20, 2015
After worship every Sunday, I stand at the entrance and extend greetings. I like being outside and I am often asked if I will continue the practice when winter settles in. Sundays come around rather quickly and by being at the front doors it helps me to be mindful of the way the gospel keeps inviting us back. And it helps me to be aware of how the gospel goes forth into the world through the lives of others. I feel the very movement of our witness in that part of our “worship.”
Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical season. Advent begins a new one. We move from the year of Mark to the year of Luke. Always centered in the proclamation of the gospel we as a congregation are shaped by our worship life from week to week. While it all may feel like a matter of routine we do trust that something real is at work in our hearts and among us. There is a presence that draws us back into a living relationship with the God of promise.
While we may be filled with plenty of distractions, the weekly gatherings of the Christian community keep bringing us back to our identity and to the truth of “whose” we are. So over time the very formation of faith is taking place and we discover the significance of this kind of belonging. Here we find a rhythm to our daily lives: gathering and sending; receiving and giving; listening and speaking; resting and working.
Christ the King Sunday brings perspective to the busy weeks. Looking back through the seasons we feel grateful for the on-going expressions of living the faith in community with one another. This last Sunday of the church calendar is a helpful reminder that the reign of Christ is a gentle rule of love for healing and wholeness. In the good gifts received and in the challenges given we embrace this duty and delight to gather and to serve through the seasons of our lives.
Merciful God, as grains of wheat scattered upon the hills were gathered to become one bread, so let your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom, for yours is the glory through Jesus Christ, now and forever, now and forever. Amen (Sundays & Seasons 2015: Augsburg Fortress)